I've always been a fan of history, and I remember getting into an argument with a kid in high school about Japan's government. He told me that Japan was a communist country (China, Vietnam, Laos have been for many decades now) which wasn't even true and he wouldn't believe me. This was a bit before everyone had a smartphone (graduated high school a year before the first iPhone) to easily settle these debates.
But since World War II, Japan's government has been more-or-less babysat by the United States government, and they would had never allowed a real communist government to form in the Cold War even if the people voted for it. Japan had a far-right political party called the Imperial Rule Assistance Association become the ruling party during its World War II era, and since Japan's defeat the country has been ruled (with brief exceptions in election losses) by a centre-right party, though Japan's policies on guns and health care are more "left-wing" than the active policies of the Democratic Party here in the United States. Japan (like almost every other country with free elections) does have a communist party but they have never been in power and only elected a small amount of politicians who could never have a chance of forming any real governments anyway. It always irks me when people get history so very very wrong.